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The Best Of Simple Minds
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2001
Simple Minds were one of the best bands to emerge from Britain in the post-punk era. Their late 70s and early 80s material was a clever fusion of rock and European electronica (think Kraftwerk, Berlin-era Bowie). Then in 1985 the Minds became a major international stadium-filling act and whilst they still made some great music from the late 80s onwards it wasn't as good as the early material and the band lost their way somewhat in the 1990s.
Listening to this CD was the first time I'd played a Simple Minds disc for quite some time now and this reaffirmed my belief that the group were top class. This is a very good compilation CD, no doubt about that, but it loses a star for failing to include New Gold Dream - one of the bands' best songs and from what was arguably their seminal LP of the same name. One good thing is that this is a more comprehensive collection of material than the Glittering Prize album from 1992. At last we get two CD's worth of some of the bands' best music.
It's good to see some of the very early songs on here (Life In A Day, Theme For Great Cities, I Travel) but I do feel that too much of this compilation is given over to the post-1989 Street Fighting Years era. In fact the first CD concentrates on the early-mid 80s material, the second CD from 1989 onwards.
As an introduction to Simple Minds it's pretty good but unfortunately not very definitive. I would like to have seen Book Of Brilliant Things included, along with the aforementioned New Gold Dream. If you have at least a passing interest in the band, it's worth the money. If you want to explore the band's best material go check out their early 80s albums such as Sons & Fascination, New Gold Dream and Sparkle In The Rain
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2001
A timely compilation of Simple Minds songs which covers practically everything they've done. Glance down the track listing (Promised You A Miracle, Waterfront, Alive & Kicking, Belfast Child, Let There Be Love, She's a River) and you realise that Simple Minds were perfect pop pioneers.
For those who are only familiar with their heydey, there's plenty of less 'popular' tracks to get your teeth into. There's stuff from the early days (Life in A Day, I Travel) and the more recent albums are also represented (Glitterball, Hypnotised).
To say every one is a winner wouldn't be entirely true (War Babies was a failure both commercially and critically) but the scope shows the dramatic changes the band have gone through over the years (from electro based glam, through to stadium rock and back again).
One small problem - the recent cover of Theme for Great Cities by Raven Maize is included (Real Life). Wouldn't it have been better to have included New Gold Dream (an album track certainly, but very influential nontheless)?
That apart, this is a superb package which should make some new fans for The Minds.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2009
Simple Minds were and still are fabulous musicians. There is nothing wrong with the track list on this album. Everything is there that you could ask for.

The problem is that the recording engineers who made this re-master have completely ruined the sound by padding out the headroom. It's so loud that in places it distorts. All the dynamics have gone. It sounds like a cheap poor quality radio from a supermarket.

It's a real shame when recording engineers ruin such a wonderful piece of musical history. If they had left the sound as it was in the 80's and just re-issued their songs as a collection without any sound modifications, it would have been a great CD.

Don't waste your money on this particular re-master! Buy a second hand original instead.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 August 2005
A review of the SACD edition.

First let me get this off my chest. I am a devoted Simple Minds fan. I own the entire remastered catalogue of original albums and was quite excited to get my hands on "The Minds'" Best of on SACD. This truly is a remarkable set of tracks spanning the bands career up to 2000. It would be undoubtedly worthy of five stars, however, for some unknown reason when compiling this collection, the powers that be have only included the radio edit of "Love Song", one of the bands early break through singles. This track is one of my faves and I can't understand why we get an edited version of this remarkable tune yet we get full versions of all the tracks from the "Once Upon A Time" album which was also issued on SACD. I know I'm being fussy, but I already own OUAT on SACD and thought more time (there's plenty to spare on disc one) could have been set aside for tracks off other albums. Don't get me wrong. This is a good collection from one of the worlds greatest bands and if you're a casual fan it has all the hits including "Alive and Kicking", "Belfast Child", "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "Sanctify Yourself" etc. but not including the full version of "Love Song" makes it not quite the definitive Best Of but a decent SACD nonetheless.

"Open Up Your Heart, Sanctify Yourself..."
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2003
Here is an offer to good to refuse: take one of the biggest bands of the 80's with hits such as 'Don't You Forget About Me' and 'Alive & Kicking', go through their amazing back-catalogue spanning two decades and remaster their hits for release on both CD and SACD, put both versions on the one title over two CD's and throw in a Super Audio CD layer just for sweetners.
I've just listened to all 32 tracks from 'The Best of Simple Minds' on my Super Audio CD player and are amazed how good this band now sounds. It's Breakfast Club all over again in my living room. The remastering of these songs was much needed but now all the hits polish up perfectly. For a 2-CD/SACD set including 32 hits from over 10 albums you really cannot go wrong.
Now just waiting for Spandau Ballet & Tears for Fears to be remastered on SACD and I'll be in 80's heaven!
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2009
Fantastic collection of Simple Minds hits. My only complaint is that it would be better if the tracks were in chronological order.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I first heard a simple minds song on the great movie "the breakfast club", to which "dont you(forget about me)" is the theme. just hearing this amazing song was enough to sway me to buy the greatest hits album! I love all the big beat uplifting 80s rock music so this seemed like the perfect buy, and it was!
disk 1 contains all the classics like "dont you", "waterfront , "promised you a miracle" and the outstanding "theme for great cities".
The second disk has some good songs but it seems that all the best numbers have been put on the first.
I fully reccommend this album and I got it at a great price from Amazon!
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on 11 August 2015
A great double cd and the best hits album out there of this band as the tracks have been remastered so have abit more of a punch and a more modern sound than the originals.Cheap aswell.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2004
This SACD is for the hi-fi buff who has an SACD player for the improved sound quality and appreciates the quality of recording and not for the 5 channel 'home cinema' fraternity.
I highly recommend this disc for the hi-fi buffs (like myself), the sheer quality of the sound is outstanding and worth that extra small amount of money - just listen to Belfast Child - fantastic!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2008
This a great simple minds compilation but, and it is a big but it is not
multi channel sacd it's two channel stereo sacd. So if your looking for a true surround sound experience dont bother with this album.
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